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Buhari emphasises need to improve healthcare spending

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President Muhammadu Buhari has cited the emergence of new diseases as the reason why Nigeria, like most other nations of the world, would need to improve and prioritise spending on means and materials to survive the period.

President Buhari stated this on Thursday during the virtual inauguration of capital projects executed at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The President also directed the Head of Service of the Federation and the Budget Office to consider an increase in the personnel and overhead allocation of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).

According to a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari noted that the increase in personnel and allocation at UMTH would optimise services provided by the activation of the new projects.

Among landmark projects commissioned by the President are a newly constructed and fully equipped 150-bed Trauma Centre, a new General Outpatient Department, a complex for National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), a multipurpose Auditorium and Conference Centre constructed and furnished by Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Governor of Borno State.

President Buhari also commissioned a new hostel for the UMTH School of Nursing, constructed by the Federal government.

The President noted that the value of the projects at the UMTH, which is a Centre of Excellence in Infectious diseases and Immunology in Nigeria, to the nation’s health care system cannot be underestimated, especially in the era of global health system challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the completion of the capital projects aptly reflects the Federal government’s commitment to sustaining development in the North East, and indeed in all parts of the country to engender economic growth, peace and progress.

”Emerging diseases have made it necessary for all nations to increase and improve resource application for coping with the challenges or adapting to the ‘new normal’.

”This goes on in Borno State side by side with efforts to tackle insurgency and criminal activities,” he said.

On the 150-bed Trauma centre which comes with a helipad, the President expressed delight that it will provide modern multidisciplinary care facilities to injured persons from within and outside Maiduguri, in addition to reducing the need for referral to other centres.

President Buhari said that the intention of the government to render affordable quality health care with broad coverage will be boosted with the completion of the General Outpatient Department and the NHIS complex.

Urging citizens to take advantage of the improved facility, the President appealed to operators of these excellent facilities to imbibe the maintenance culture and ensure optimum utilization.

President Buhari also commended the collaborative programmes of the teaching hospital with indigenous, international, non-governmental bilateral and multilateral donors and partners, like the Physical Rehabilitation Centre, which is a product of the engagement with the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC.

”This Centre is now fully operational in this era of reconstruction, rehabilitation and resettlement in Borno State.

”At this centre, complete physical rehabilitation that includes physiotherapy and fitting of limb prosthesis can be undertaken locally, to end the need for outside referral.

”I express Nigeria’s deep appreciation to ICRC and other partners engaged in collaboration assistance,” he said.

Commending the Management and Board of the UMTH and the Ministry of Health on their performance, President Buhari said:

”Nigeria is proud of your achievements. I urge all staff to continue to work together harmoniously, to ensure successful delivery of other ongoing capital projects in the hospital, for the benefit of citizens who seek care here.

”I assure you of my commitment to improved healthcare delivery services all over Nigeria”, he said.

In his remark, Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, thanked the federal government for supporting the State in overcoming its health challenges, by constructing some of the projects.

“These landmark projects are timely, considering the health challenges the State is facing as a result of lingering security challenges. Therefore, the State government will continue to partner with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital in the area of specialized training and retraining of medical practitioners, for the provision of basic healthcare needs to the people of Borno State.

“We must commend the federal government under the leadership of President Buhari for this giant stride in the health sector. This institution has never witnessed such developmental projects since its inception,” he said.

The Governor announced that the State will soon embark on the construction of a teaching hospital for its State University.

There were goodwill messages from the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, as well as the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


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U.K Becomes The First State To Approve Covid19 Vaccine

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Pfizer vaccine has been approved for the treatment of COVID-19 in the UK.

UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use.

British regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says the Pfizer vaccine, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out next week.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted on the micro-blogging site, Twitter on Wednesday that ‘Help is on its way’ in response to the coronavirus ravaging the entire country and the world.

What to know about COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine use in the UK

“The MHRA has formally authorised the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for Covid-19.

‘The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.

‘The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.’

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: ‘The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to approve Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.

‘This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.

‘The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will shortly also publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable.

‘The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.’

According to reports, the NHS staff are first in line to receive the vaccine. Pfizer vaccine, which reported early results suggesting the jab is 95 per cent effective, needs to be stored at extremely low temperatures.


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Why The Rising Cases Of COVID-19 In NYSC Camps? NYSC Reacts

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Why The Rising Cases Of COVID-19 In NYSC Camps? – As published by dailytrust.com

There have been reported cases of COVID-19 among corps members taking part in the orientation programme of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Over 100 corps members are said to have contracted the virus at the various camps.

What could have been responsible for this rising cases of COVID-19 among the corps members?

Were the corps members properly screened before entering the camps? Were there adequate protective measures put in place?

The NYSC gave the assurances that all safety protocols would be observed at the camps.

But is that truly the situation at the camps. The NYSC authorities must look into the situation before we experience unimaginable situations at the camps.

NYSC reacts, refutes report of rising cases of COVID-19 in orientation camp

The attention of Management has been drawn to the write-up with the above caption trending on the new and traditional media.

Management wishes to once again reiterate that there is no COVID-19 positive Corps Member in any of the 37 Orientation Camps of the Scheme spread across all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Kindly note that before the commencement of the ongoing Orientation programme, the Scheme in collaboration with Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) tested all the prospective Corps Members reporting to the camps and those that tested positive to COVID-19 were handled by the NCDC. No one, both staff and Prospective Corps Member that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the Orientation Camps.

Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in the NYSC Camps.

It is pertinent to state that the terminology, Prospective Corps Member should not be confused with Corps Member as both cannot be used interchangeably. A Corps Member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC Orientation Camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bona fide member of the service Corps.

The general public is advised to disregard the misleading story. Clarification should always be sought from the NYSC or NCDC on issues pertaining to COVID- 19, so as to guard against the spread of false information.

The Scheme shall never shirk its core responsibility of prioritising the welfare and security of Corps Members.
Management


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Oby Ezekwesili Demands A Medical Panel On President Buhari

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Ex Nigerian minister, Oby Ezekwesili, is calling for a Medical Panel On President Buhari. Ezekwesili made this known via Twitter:

I think that at this stage and depth of fragility of the Nigeria-State, Privacy has to yield ground to our Right-to-know as citizens, the state of health of @MBuhari .

We really must assess the physical or mental capability of @NGRPresident to carry on the duties of office.✍�

Citizens can collectively push for an Independent Panel to help us make the critical medical determination of the state of mind and body of our President, @MBuhari .

The conditions of Nigeria have become too grave for us all to sit still and watch a train wreck in the making.

As an extremely concerned citizen, I hereby demand for a #MedicalPanelOnBuhari since we obviously cannot trust the State House Physician to provide us accurate information.

It is reasonable demand now for citizens to have full disclosure on the state of health of @MBuhari


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